The Bruins improved their current winning streak to four on Thursday night, defeating the Capitals, 4-1, in their home opener after spending three weeks away from TD Garden (



The Bruins showed what they hope will be their true identity on Thursday night in their 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals in the home opener. Coach Claude Julien referenced his team's newfound spirit and said he hopes the team plays the same way on the road as they do at home. 

 

Michael Ryder and Nathan Horton scored power play goals and Tim Thomas was spectacular in net, stopping 38-of-39 shots, as the Bruins beat the Washington Capitals, 4-1, Thursday night in Boston's home opener at TD Garden. Since dropping their first game of the season in Prague, the Bruins have won four straight.

 

In a surprise move, Tim Thomas was first onto the ice for the Bruins prior to their home opener, indicating that he, and not Tuukka Rask, will be between the pipes against the Capitals.

 

Rask was the first off the ice in practice and spoke to the media after practice about his excitement to get the start. Claude Julien, meanwhile, told the media that, "you'll see at 7." Thomas has started the last three games for the Bruins, allowing two goals over a span in which the B's picked up three straight wins. 

Bruins President Cam Neely joined the Dale & Holley show to talk about the B's as they return to the Garden ice Thursday night for their home opener. Neely talked about the team's plans for rookie Tyler Seguin, why signing Zdeno Chara to a seven-year contract was the right move and his thoughts on the goaltending situation.

 

Tuukka Rask was first off the ice in the Bruins' morning skate on Thursday, an indication that he will start the team's home opener against the Capitals at TD Garden. Rask has started just one of the Bruins' first four games this seasons, a 5-2 loss in the season-opener in which he allowed four goals to the Coyotes on 36 shots. 

 

"It's fun," Rask said of starting the home opener. "It's been a while since the last start, so it should be great."

 

NESN analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Bruins. One of the big questions surrounding the B's is the issue of who is the No. 1 goaltender. Both Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas have staked their claims, but Thomas has been the hot goaltender in the early part of the season. "I don't like that word, controversy," Brickley said. "It may be accurate, but I don't like it. I just think it's depth and competition to a position that's critical to winning games." 

 

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler will sing the National Anthem prior to the Bruins' home opener Thursday against the Washington Capitals, the team announced Wednesday. Tyler is in Boston promoting the Bruins foundation, which is beginning a season-long raffle to win a customized Bruins motorcycle. 

 

The Bruins are 3-1 on the season thus far with six points after beginning the season with games in Prague, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins. 

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, seemingly the Bruins' No. 1 goaltender entering the year, has played in just one of the team's first four games of the 2010-11 season. Rask started the season-opener in Prague, a 5-2 loss, with Tim Thomas parlaying his start the next day into three straight wins between the pipes for the Bruins. Rask isn't overly concerned with playing time, but the notion of a goaltending controversy in Boston has been disappointing for the young Finnish netminder.

 

NESN and NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. The first topic of conversation was the Bruins' goaltending situation. Tim Thomas has started the last three games, after Tuukka Rask appeared in the season opener.